“I do not have any specific information that indicates (the Iranians) have made any decision one way or another” on whether to build a nuclear weapon, Panetta told reporters on Thursday after a meeting with his Chilean counterpart Andres Allamand, AFP reported.
Panetta also pointed to the recent remarks by Israel’s military chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz describing Iran’s leadership as “very rational” and expressed hope his statements were “correct.”
In an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz published on Wednesday, Gantz said the Iranian leadership “is composed of very rational people” who are not likely to make a decision to manufacture a nuclear bomb.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Washington and Tel Aviv have time and again threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike against its civilian nuclear facilities.
Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran’s nuclear energy program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
Source: Press TV